God’s Purpose for Planting Me

Luke 13: 1-9
Eph 4:7-16 / Psa 122:1-5

For three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?
(Luke 13:7)

May the Lord show us how to serve
With compassion and true leadership;
With His Spirit help us to deserve
The Commission of His Stewardship.

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” (Luke 13:1-9)


For three years, during my stint as Mission Director of our Brotherhood, my wife and I gave much of our time and energies in going to our BCBP outreach in Gen. Santos city to attend the twice monthly breakfast fellowships there as well as the weekly Saturday afternoon seminars called Christian Life Programs that were held to build up the membership of the community. The CLPs ran for nine weeks, and we would normally be heading back home with the mission team on the two and a half-hour trip when it was already dark. During those three years, we were able to hold five Christian Life Programs which ‘harvested’ a total of 100 new members for the outreach. When our term as Mission Director couple ended, we no longer went to Gen. Santos city as often as we used to, but whenever we do, to accompany a speaker or attend a special occasion, it never fails to enlighten us to see our brothers and sisters there still full of joy in their new life with the Lord.

All of us who are called to go on mission for the Lord experience a vigorous spiritual purpose in our lives. There is a strong feeling that we are at the cutting edge of what Christian renewal is all about.

Many in the community think that attending seminars, group meetings and prayer assemblies are enough to be considered active members. But these are just part of the growth and maturity of our commitment. What is the sense in raising a healthy tree if it does not bear fruits? It is better to cut it down than have it using up the fertility of the earth. If we have received a commission from the Lord, and our formation is complete, then it is time to step out and share our new life with others who are still searching for some meaning in their lives. Early this morning, I am going to give the first talk, “Born to Love” to Batch No. 429 in the “Days with the Lord” seminar, an advocacy of bringing the Good News of “Bro, Jess” to some of the underprivileged youth in our city. I thank some of our generous friends who donated funds for the success of this seminar. Please pray for a good “harvest”.

May we always cling to You, Lord Jesus, our True Vine, for You nourish us with Your Word and make us produce fruit that is pleasing to the Father. Amen.

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